Wing Madosh Tambwe scored four tries as the Lions edged the Pumas in an exciting round one Currie Cup match played at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.
In a thrilling encounter which saw 10 tries being scored, the Lions over-turned a 16-point second half deficit to win by the narrowest of margins. There was little to choose between the teams who both played an attacking brand of rugby.
The Pumas struck first, capitalising on a Lions error on halfway when they had done all the playing in the opening minutes. A loose pass by the Lions went to ground and flank Carel du Preez hacked it towards the tryline, chased after it, picked it up and dived over for a try against the run of play.
The Lions though hit back before 10 minutes were up on the clock when wing Tambwe finished off a counter-attack in which centres Wayne van der Bank and Wandisile Simelane combined well to break open the Pumas defence. It wasn’t long though before the Pumas were back in charge after lock Le Roux Roets went over.
On the half hour mark Tambwe got his second for the Lions, doing well to stick out an arm and score to help his side draw level with the visitors. A late first half penalty by Cobus Marais though ensured the Pumas led at the break.